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Lithuanian Director Romas Zabarauskas Completes The Lawyer

Friday, February 14, 2020

Lithuanian director Romas Zabarauskas has completed postproduction on his third feature film, the gay romantic drama The Lawyer / Advokatas, which was shot on location in Vilnius and Belgrade. Wide Management is handling the sales and will showcase the film at the European Film Market (20-27 February 2020) in Berlin. The Lawyer is a love story between two men – A Lithuanian lawyer (played by Eimutis Kvoščiauskas) and a Syrian refugee…

Eurostat: Which EU Countries have the Highest Marriage Rates?

Friday, February 14, 2020

In 2018, the European Union (EU) countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population were Cyprus (7.8 marriages per 1 000 inhabitants), Romania (7.4), Lithuania (7.0) and Latvia (6.8). These were followed by Malta (5.8), Slovakia (5.7) and Denmark (5.6), Eurostat reported. In contrast, the lowest marriage rates were around 3 marriages per 1 000 inhabitants, which were reported in Luxembourg (3.1), Italy (3.2) and Portugal (3.4), followed by…

Meeting of Baltic Assembly committees to focus on circular economy, digital cooperation

Friday, February 14, 2020

A joint meeting of the economics, energy and innovation committee and the natural resources and environment committee of the Baltic Assembly, where topics to be discussed as economic cooperation of the Baltic states include circular economy and digital issues, will be held in the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu on Friday. Chairman of the Baltic Assembly’s natural resources and environment committee Erki Savisaar said that at the session devoted to…

Netflix starts filming Stranger Things in Vilnius

Friday, February 14, 2020

The filming of the Netflix drama Stranger Things started at the Lukiškės prison in central Vilnius on Friday. Preparations to shoot the fourth season of the popular Netflix series have taken place since early January. Rumours that the series will be filmed in Vilnius first surfaced in December last year. Vilnius Film Office and the Justice Ministry note that the prison, closed last year, has been attracting attention of major…

Spring has arrived in Aizpute

Friday, February 14, 2020

Spring has already begun in the Aizpute greenhouse where the first pansies have already been picked and the momentary sunshine is enough for the microgreens to sprout, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 13. “We bid in an auction and we were the only bidders. We won and moved from Valmiera to Aizpute,” said farm Co-owner Ivars Brants. He’s been operating family-owned vegetable farm “Gietas” with his life…

20 romantic phrases in Estonian

Friday, February 14, 2020

If you have an Estonian boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife, no doubt there would come the time when you wanted to express your love and affection for them in their native language. Finding the right words is not easy – I know, for I have been looking for a suitable phrase list myself for quite some time and never managed to find a good one. So now I have taken…

Nine ideas on how to fight racism in Estonia

Friday, February 14, 2020

Participants at the Estonishing Evenings event on racism in Tallinn came up with specific ideas and suggestions on how to achieve a more tolerant Estonia that is more comfortable with diversity. At the end of 2019, Estonishing Evenings, the monthly English-language event series, supported by Estonian World, took a closer look at a more serious topic in the Estonian society – racism and hate crimes. Estonia’s current penal code is…

Coronavirus: Lithuania may introduce Schengen border checks

Friday, February 14, 2020

As Lithuania considers additional measures to prevent the coronavirus spread, a health vice minister said the country may introduce checks on travelers crossing the border by road. According to Algirdas Šešelgis, who heads the Health Ministry’s Emergency Operations Centre, Lithuania would not be putting any restrictions on movement, but only “certain controls and checks, just as we have at airports”. He added that Lithuania would consider introducing any control mechanism…

Sexual pleasure isn’t the sole key to women’s freedom

By Ryaihanny Sahrom on Thursday, February 13, 2020

Some of us are already battling people who want to ‘rescue’ us. Putting emphasis on sex in liberation movements ignores that we all have different relationships with it The message that you can’t have women’s liberation without sexual liberation is practically forced down women’s throats by society, patronising men and even feminists these days. But what was originally meant to give women space for political liberation, has transformed into a…

Tallinn provides free public transport for 420,000 people

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Tallinn is the largest city to offer free public transport so far. It has a population of 420,000, with a transport network consisting of five tram lines, eight trolley bus lines and 57 bus routes. Allan Alaküla, head of Tallinn’s EU office in Brussels, says public transport was made free in the city because of “social urgency”. “Ticket costs became a major concern for public transport users in 2010 and…